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President escalates fight, gas hits $5 a gallon, fertility rates dropping and more

• May 23, 2018 at 12:15 PM

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THE GUARDIAN: President escalates attacks on FBI as he fights back against Russia inquiry

Donald Trump has dramatically escalated his attacks on the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the US election, and his fightback against the Department of Justice reached a turning point this week with aspects of the inquiry itself now being investigated.

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FOX 5: Gas hits $5 a gallon in New York City

Regular gas has hit $5 a gallon at at least one station. A Mobil station on 11th Ave. in Hell's Kitchen has raised its prices to $4.999 a gallon. That's well above the current average for the five boroughs. AAA says the average in New York City is $3.18 a gallon.

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VOX: The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think

Ten years ago, when a divided Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Hellerthat the Second Amendment includes a right to individual possession of firearms, dissenting Justice John Paul Stevens lamented that it was “a law-changing decision” that would cause “a major upheaval.”

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THE GUARDIAN: U.S. fertility rates are dropping but researchers don't know exactly why

The general fertility rate — the number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age (defined as 15 to 44) — was 60.2, which was down 3% from 2016 and an all-time low for the US. "This is a pretty big decline since the recession [from 2007–09], when the number was closer to 69 or 70 births," said Gretchen Livingston, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center and an expert on fertility and demographics.

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ONE COOL THING: Just how rich was John Ernsthausen?

All Norwalkians know who John Ernsthausen was. His name is on a lot of stuff. But just how rich was the founder of Norwalk Truck Lines -- and who got his money. Blast from the Past today gives details of his will probated in 1974.

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